Both your neighbors and the Stockton Police Department recognize your right to have a social gathering or party. Along with that right, however, comes certain responsibilities, including the following:
- The gathering will be peaceful and law abiding.
- Music and/or noise will not disturb nearby residents.
- The gathering will end without any disturbances.
The responsibility of controlling the gathering or party is yours; however, the Police Department will intervene and assume responsibility when necessary. Examples of the need for police intervention are listed below:
- Neighbors complain of excessive noise, illegal parking, damage to their property, or any other unusual activities.
- A police officer on patrol observes any of the same types of activity.
- The person giving the party calls because he or she has lost control of the gathering. (If this occurs, do not hesitate to call the police. Police officers are trained to bring the situation under control and disperse unruly guests.)
Repeated calls to the same disturbance limit the availability of officers to respond to critical, life-threatening calls, so it is important that you maintain control. The following tips can eliminate the need for police intervention and help ensure everyone has a good time:
- Tell your neighbors in advance that you are planning a social gathering, and ask them to call you if they have any problems.
- Contact the Police Department if any problems arise at your gathering.
- Do not allow under-age guests to consume alcoholic beverages.
- Go outside occasionally to make sure the noise is not too loud or no undesirable activity is taking place.
- If it becomes necessary to leave the gathering for a short time, leave a responsible person in charge during your absence.
- Only allow individuals you know to attend the gathering.
Don't leave valuables lying around.
Taking these few steps can help make your party a positive experience for all.
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This City of Stockton webpage last reviewed on --- 3/21/2011